Got up this morning at 3 am to get Eldest to the airport for his second year of college, opened the pantry door, and, voila! The bag of sugar we keep around for the hummingbirds? Trashed. The practically-empty jar of Nutella? Covered. Adam Ant and friends were everywhere, happily enjoying their breakfast while keeping me from mine.
A week of temperatures in the mid-100s and ground dry as a bone have driven them inside for the first time in years. But, sweet irony. After those two items were thrown into the garbage outside, nothing. The ants have been scrambling madly for hours, trying to find another sugar source. Guess what? There isn't one. Of the entire neighborhood, we have the most disappointing house for sugar-eating creatures. We have Splenda. We have erythritol. Ditto for xylitol, bittersweet baking chocolate, shredded, unsweetened coconut, and polydextrose. I almost feel sorry for the little critters.
Well, maybe not so much.
I found this video on YouTube. Since I didn't have any sugar, I used twice the amount of Splenda blend (which dry, doesn't seem to attract ants). When I put about four or five soaked cotton balls in the pantry, those anty buggers latched onto them like a baby...well, you get the idea.
As a low-carber, I guess that I can be thankful that we don't have GREASE ants. Then we really WOULD be screwed.